Towards a Data Revolution in Kenya

“We also call for a data revolution for sustainable development, with a new international initiative to improve the quality of statistics and information available to people and governments.”
High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by UN member states in September 2015, the world has shifted from negotiating to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. This publication’s title, Towards a Data Revolution, captures PASGR’s commitment to contributing concrete actions to sustainable development in Africa that result in a data revolution.

It provides an overview of the first ever National Forum on Harnessing the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. The forum was co-convened by PASGR together with the Government of Kenya, Local Development Research Institute (LDRI) and Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) with support from partners such as Ford Foundation, Twaweza, Communications Authority of Kenya and many others.

The data communities model proposed in the draft Africa Data Consensus is one with which we are especially pleased. This publication provides a summary of the various data communities that were convened to form the National Partnership on Sustainable Development Data. At PASGR, we continue to explore this model and its possible applications in the area of policy research. We have started Utafiti Sera, a research-policy community that will initially focus on social protection and inclusive growth in a few African countries. We hope to extend it to all our evidence-to-policy work.

I would like to thank the team at LDRI for helping put this publication together. We look forward to broader collaboration across Africa in the journey towards a data revolution for the continent’s sustainable development.

Tade Aina
Executive Director
Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR)

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